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Pillnitz Palace and gardens are a magnificent example of the harmonic combination of architecture and nature in Saxony.

Nothing of the previous medieval buildings remained. Elector Duke Augustus the Strong bought the small Renaissance castle 1694, gave it to his mistress Countess Cosel 1706 and took it back (read: confiscated) the property in 1718.

Both Water- and Mountain Palace were built 1720 - 25 according to plans of architects Pöppelmann and Longelune in a Baroque style. The Chinoise style of roofs and decorating paintings makes it particularly charming. Later additions in classicistic style were built, not disturbing, in similar style.

In the early 19th century the palace became official summer residence of the Kings of Saxony.

It has always been a place for celebrations. The guests used to get to Pillnitz Palace by boat on the Elbe river and arrived right on the magnificent staircase leading up to the Water Palace.

Both Water- and Mountain Palace are home of the nice museum of decorative arts. Don't miss to stroll through the magnificent gardens, see the Camellia and the neighbouring vineyards.

Please visit my Virtualtourist page Pillnitz for more information.

Directions: Dresden-Pillnitz, a few miles upstream from the old town
Website: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/4166c/6f2e/

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  • Updated Dec 19, 2010
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